Burdastyle Magazine 11/2014

Burdastyle Magazine 11/2014

Here we go again!

Some of you actually told me they were missing my reviews, which made me feel so warm in my heart! I have a lot of fun writing them anyway, so I just had to get back on the horse!

Disclaimer: this issue of Burda was given to me, but I can assure you I'm still unbiased.

As I usually do, let me start with the patterns in this issue I actually did like:

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Burdastyle Magazine 08/2014

Hello, guys! Guess who's back?

Wow, almost two months without blogging. That had never happened before, and I honestly didn't expect it. And I really missed it!
Everything's fine here, I've just been very busy with a new sewing commission job (sewing for money= YAY!), added to the two jobs I already had. Moreover, July wasn't a very easy month for me emotionally, because, as you might know if you follow me on Instagram, I took the heartbreaking decision of finding a new (more suitable) home for my dog Dora, and it really took a toll on me, both before and after she left.

But anyway, I'm back with my favorite type of post to write and I hope I can get back on schedule!
I'm already sad I skipped the July issue of Burda (although I could write a review just for fun... what do you think? Yes, fun? No, pointless?), so let's get busy dissecting the August issue!


I'll start with the patterns I like, because I'm in a good mood.
The skirt here looks a bit like Megan Nielsen's Kelly, which is one of my favorite skirt patterns ever. This one is simple and cute, love it!
The shirt pattern is definitely an interesting one, with the draped detail. I also like the shoulder seam moved to the back, the back hem and the neckline.
I could not hate the fabric choice more, but that's no surprise.

Very cute and interesting dress, not to mention great for all those of you who are into color blocking. There's also another version, made in just one solid fabric, but I don't see the point of all those complicated seams if you don't want to play up the paneling.

I feel like I've seen this dress before in the magazine at some point, but that happens often with Burda. I don't like the asymmetric skirt, but that's about it. The pleats around the neckline are a very sweet detail.

The top here has potential, and like the dress from before, could be great for some color blocking experiments.
The skirt is really not my cup of tea, although on the right figure and made in the right fabric, it could look really cute.

Eh. I don't know. I like this jacket, but the sleeves are just too, too big for me and the photo kinda ruins it for me...

HORRIBLE sack of horribleness.
The shape is terrible and those neckline pleats look like an afterthought.

Mmh... No. This could be cute, but all that gathering at the waist and back opening really cheapens it and makes it hard to wear. Missed opportunity!

Very, very cute shorts (although, we've seen them a million times from Burda).
The blouse is a very difficult shape to pull off (especially if you're curvy)... Again, not my cup of tea, but I'm pretty sure someone else could make wonderful things with this pattern, and wear it beautifully.

Finally, plus size patterns!
The top is cute, if a little boxy.
The pants look incredibly cheap, with the elasticated waist. I mean, they're probably comfy, but do you really want formal wear with an elasticated waist? Can't we leave that to sweat pants?

Gaaah, another missed opportunity. A cute, flattering dress completely ruined by that draped handkerchief on the side... Why, Burda, why?

This issue has been out for a couple weeks, now, so if you like it, go get it before it's gone! I'll skip this one, as I'm not really in love with anything here...
The September issue is usually a pretty exciting one in Burda land, so... fingers crossed! 

Burdastyle Magazine 06/2014

Here we go again!
I'm quite pleased with this issue and there are a few patterns I like (yay!), so, for once, I will start with the uglies.

UGGGHHHH. Rectangles!!!
As Lauren of Lladybird once did, I find myself having to quote Michael Scott. Enough with the freakin' rectangles!

So ugly.
I hate everything about this romper, down to the thigh binding, which manages to look ugly on the model's perfect thighs.

I liked this so much in the photo, and then I was extremely disappointed by the technical drawing. Overdesigned and awkward. Pass.

It's cute, but Carme blouse much?

I liked this at first, but the more I look at it, the more awkward it feels. I was probably attracted by the print.
I dunno. Too gimmicky, maybe?

Now, onto the good better stuff.
The racer back tank is a great basic and it could come in handy especially to those who sew their own workout gear (like a few more patterns below).
I used to own a skort exactly like the one pictured here in my tennis-playing years, and I loved it to pieces. Again, it feels a bit awkward, so I dunno.

I probably won't make these for myself, but as I mentioned before, this is a cute activewear pattern.

And so are these pants. I probably wouldn't be caught dead in them outside the house, but I'd like them as loungewear or pjs.
The blouse is cute but I'm not sure about the way it hangs off the shoulders...

 
Two very simple dresses that I probably wouldn't consider for myself, but would look great on a lot of women.
Also, I love the styling in this photoshoot, for once! The shoes in this issue are almost all drool-worthy.

I'd love this a lot more without the pleated panel, I think it's too much. The shoulders are pretty fab, though.
It's a pity they made it in such a dark colour, concealing all the pretty details. And what's with all the three-quarter posing?

Coup de coeur of the month! Feminine, elegant, flattering. I'm in love!

Finally, plus-size patterns!
The offerings in this section are not earth shattering this month, but this dress is worth mentioning. It looks very flattering.

I really like this slouchy blouse with the front slits, but the pants are offensive. They would be unflattering on basically any size... Yuck.


And that is it!
What do you guys think of this issue?Will you buy it? Or like me, you'll probably just drool on the shoes?

Burdastyle Magazine 05/2014

I'm so very late with this review, so let's get started immediately, because I know you were holding your breath for it, right? Right?

Let's start on a positive note, with the patterns I liked in this issue.
This dress is the first one: very simple and casual, but I really like the smocked middle section (comfy!) and it reminds a lot of a dress from a Gertie's workshop on Creativebug that I've wanted to make since last summer. Cute.

Simple, feminine, flattering. Great!

This more elaborate variation is for those who love a more modern look, and it's equally beautiful.

 I really, really love this blouse! Again, it's simple and casual, but so cute!

Love the smock, again! It looks great with the striped fabric.
The vest is not my cup of tea, but it's interesting.

Lots of potential in these two patterns. They're definitely not my cup of tea (too much decolletage), but I'm sure a lot of you will love them and will make great things with them.

 Eesh. Too complicated and bulky. Also, I hate how it was styled. Hard pass.

Too fussy for me, but as a couple patterns above, I'm sure many of you will make wonderful things with this one.

And the same goes for this one. I'm not a fan of draped/cowl necklines, but they're definitely flattering.

Had to include some WTF-ery, hadn't I?
The first outfit is completely crazy, IMHO, and in the second one the pants could be fine (although that photo kills them) and the top is out of the "rectangle collection by Burda". You know, one of those patterns that really pisses me off.

 
And finally, plus sizes!
There are some gems for the plus-sized ladies in this issue, especially the first dress! Very flattering, and the fabric they chose is just perfect.

That's it for this month!
This issue has a couple interesting things, but is it worth buying? What do you guys think?

Burda Easy SS 2014

I haven't been a big fan of this biannual special issue of Burda in the last couple of years because the tendency to dumb patterns down that we noticed in regular Burda is even more evident here.

Moreover, this magazine costs more than the monthly version but offers way less patterns. In this issue in particular, while I was looking at the preview, I felt like there were very few patterns repeated a lot of times, and they basically didn't even bother with variations. On the upside, Burda Easy usually has slightly better instructions and the patterns are easier to trace.

Let's see, shall we?


 

This dress pattern with a sweetheart neckline is actually adorable! I really like all the variations included and the skirt is a decent dupe for the Kelly skirt pattern by Megan Nielsen.
That ruffly thing they added to the first dress, though, symbolizes everything I don't like about Burda.

This, I also really really like. Bomber jackets seem to be really in fashion right now, and if you're looking for a simpler version of the Rigel bomber by Papercut, this might be a good option.

This top/skirt combo is repeated, as is, at least three times in this issue, and I don't really see the need for it. This is not my cup of tea at all, but I guess it would look cute on a younger/thinner girl. Not setting my world on fire, though.

I personally think jumpsuits can be extremely stylish when done and styled right, and worn by the right girl, but this just looks like the thing my dad wears when he's working in the garage. No, thanks.

 This is slightly better, but I don't like the double tie. A regular belt might look better with this one.

Meh. The jacket (blouse?) is cute but boxy and the skirt is definitely not my style at all, but it's not bad.

Uh... no. I'm a huge fan of pinafores and dungarees, but I just don't like this. The shiny fabric is not helping.

Meh again. I'm not a romper kinda girl, so I don't know. I like the zipper in the front (feels practical), but the bodice seems pretty boxy.

What do you think, guys?
There's some good and less good, but is it worth buying?
I'll definitely pass as none of these patterns add something to my (already too big) collection. What about you?

[Please don't ask me if this magazine is available in your country, I don't know! That's a question you should ask to whoever distributes Burda where you live]